* Posts by Keef

515 posts • joined 16 Dec 2009


Excluding Huawei from UK's 5G will harm security, MPs warn


Re: Hurry up and decide?

'Trump remembers how we (Europe and rest-of-developed-world) pulled ahead of the US with GSM.'

I bet he doesn't remember and I doubt he was ever aware of it in the first place. Even if he has been advised of it I doubt he would be capable of comprehending the advise put to him.

'This time it has to be America First. The more rival countries he can hold back by bullying, the better.'

That one I agree with you on.

In Rust we trust: Brave smashes speed limit after rewriting ad-block engine in super-lang


Re: When is someone going to come up with a stealth ad. blocker?...

Just checked out your claim slarty, I can access the independent.co.uk with Chrome (yes,yes, I know) ad free with uBlock origin.

The in and outs of Microsoft's new Windows Terminal


If your HT circuits are giving out maybe do a bombing run on changing the Caps and Diodes in the cascade circuit.

Also check for dry joints/joint cracks on the Line Output Transformer, they rattle a bit and failure at the joint to the PCB is common.

Firefox armagg-add-on: Lapsed security cert kills all browser extensions, from website password managers to ad blockers


Re: Oh ...

FFS El Reg,

Let those of us who want to fund you have a mechanism to do so.

I will will always do my best to block adverts and tracking and you know that.

El Reg gets no exception, you know why.

I will pay you, just not by sacrificing my privacy.


'But seriously, how do you not catch an intermediate cert expiration date?'

By thinking you are doing everything right but not bothering to double check?

By being arrogant to the point you think your work is always right and doesn't need to be checked?

By just not caring what crap you push out the door?

I don't know the answer, just a few guesses.

Bloke faces up to 20 years in the clink after gun held to dot-com owner's head in robbery


Fair enough mate, I wasn't previously aware of situational irony.

I am now. Thank you.



I've upvoted you Dr. S for the sentiment.

But are you sure 'irony' is the right word given it was a stupid act to gain control of a site showing people doing stupid things.

Syntax may be your thing but it seems using the right word might not be.

I'm ready for the flood of comments telling me what I've written is incorrect.


Re: Didn't do it the right way!

I've had a polite offer or two on one on my domain names, no idea why really but I guess if I thought it was good then someone else might too.

But FFS threatening someone at gunpoint?

I'd only do that if I wanted your Twitter Handle, that seems reasonable to me.

You're not our FRAND any more, Apple tells Qualcomm: iGiant and pals lob $30bn sueball


Re: Dumb questoin.....


Shurely shome mishtake with the 'a whole other kettle of fish' comment.

'Whole other kettle of worms' is I think the El Reg standard measure of a kettle's contents.

Just sayin'

Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act


Re: Yes, really ...

If you want a 'Paper Tiger' read old fashioned paper book 'The Tiger That Isn't' by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot.

When 2FA means sweet FA privacy: Facebook admits it slurps mobe numbers for more than just profile security


Re: Google too

Might not be too easy in the UK to get an SMS gateway.


Ministry of Defence's new payroll contract is, surprise, surprise, MIA: Missing In Action


Re: Photo

It is consistent with the El Reg policy of the photo having nothing to do with the article.

Actually, this is probably one of the better related photos.

Shutterstock must be laughing all the way to the bank.

Sprint subscribers: What do your updated iPhone and Tonga have in common? Both are cut off from the world


I have the fix for this.

Don't use an iPhone or Sprint.

Yes, I'm being facetious.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?


Re: Wonder which next prominent Brexiter ...

Can you tell me where this Will bloke (Will Of The People!) lives, I'd like to give him a bloody nose.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked


'It's time we have in internet test to see if people are smart enough to be allowed online like the old idea of people should have to take a test to see if they are smart enough to reproduce because there would be a hell of a lot less children in this world if an IQ test passing grade was manditory for parenthood and it in exchange would raise the worlds IQ average since only people that possess a minimum of the intelligence genes would be having babies though we'd let them all have sex but babies would be off limits.'

That's a very long sentence.

Should we have a test to see if people can use punctuation properly before being allowed to post on internet forums?

Should we introduce an arbitrary rule banning people who can't spell mandatory from some activity or other while we're at it?

Perhaps another test for people who can't differentiate between a plural and a possessive, see 'raise the worlds IQ average'.

I'm sure there's some punctuation problems in my post, it's just the nature of things when you're having a dig at someone.

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store


Re: 99.9% of all apps

Do you have any sources to back up your 99.9% claim?

Hey, don't bother looking, because your 1000% comment shows you don't understand percentages.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters


Re: a few misspelled words here and there are one thing

'to not see'

Isn't that a split infinitive?

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist


Should I laugh or cry...

'negative matches will be deleted automatically.'

'DHS said it would be transparent about its process'

I think I'll do both because they will do neither.

Balance and all that...

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor


Broadcasters are already doing this.

As an example:


Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence


The world turned colour much earlier...

Sometime in the 1930's


Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!


Oh come on, stop it.

Whatever Gartner are paying you to run their stories you should shun the income and drop the crap they are peddling.

Your readers rightly disregard Gartner stories as crap.

If you continue to take the money knowing you are peddling bullshit you are no better than the scumbag advertising model.

Please do better El Reg, and start by never reporting any Gartner stories.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork



They'd better not break that!

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording


Nice word


I like that and will use it.

However, I find the easiest method of dealing with statements from the current racist, idiot bully incumbent POTUS is not to trust anything written or said. Fact check from several sources, occasionally he does get something right, I'm really not sure how though.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?


It just proves...

Most elected officials/politicians are just in in for themselves and are mostly stupid.

Most business people are just in it for themselves and are a bit less stupid than people who got elected to a position.

I use the word 'most' in both cases because there are exceptions, not all that many though.

Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz


Re: Test

As your internet is up you can now start making plans for Nigel.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up


All sneaky stuff.

But I doubt much will change anytime soon and I also doubt most people are aware of this problem or the action being taken. Despite my efforts to educate most people still don't read El Reg.

But sadly even if this does get to court and change is effected I think the only way not to have your phone track you will be to leave it at home and switched off in a Faraday cage.

It would be nice if companies were open and honest, but let's face it that is not going to happen.

I hope some transparency for users does come out of this though.

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas


I agree Peter2:

'most roofs are designed to keep the rain out, not to support the unexpected impact of a ton worth of weight moving at a speed of ~50mph'

However, I'll just leave this here...


Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


Re: And all we can do...

'Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that it was a one-time vote with a binding result.'

Absolutely and completely wrong. It was a non-binding referendum.

I don't like using caps but I guess most commentards will get the emphasis without me shouting.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling


Re: Not to mention (still) upcoming Brexit

'I hope you all have boats'

Sorry, no boats allowed under Brexit.

Can't have the unwashed foreigners landing on our shores.

Can't have our clearly superior in every way nationals leaving.

Yay Brexit!

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves


Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

It was a while ago but I had to go down to UPS near LHR to collect a delivery as tax was due.

They offered me the option of paying cash or card.

I chose card.

They told me the card machine was broken so I'd have to pay cash.

I really hate UPS, it seems others do too.


They might be OK in the US, I have no idea, but the USPS do seem to come in for a bit of stick so they might still be crap but better than the alternative, Just guessing on that.

But in my area they are useless and I don't order from companies that use UPS for delivery and I always contact them know why they've lost my custom.


Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

I agree,

My latest waste of money was a '24 hour' watch:


Not readily/reliably available outside of Amazon.


I honestly don't know...

How anyone could live in the south east of the UK, let alone London on £10.50/hour.

People seem to manage it but it really can't be easy.

But once we have Brexit will all the UK nationals currently sitting in McDonad's talking shit about foreigners taking 'their' jobs will be flocking to fill those low paid jobs recently vacated by hard working, reasonably satisfied (?) immigrants who have a good work ethic and have paid taxes which more than cover the 'drain on society' the fucktard burger eating lazy shits in Maccy D's talk about.

I might t have gone off on a bit of a rant there at the end, and maybe at the beginning and middle too.

If some grammar pedants want to have a go at me for a lack of punctuation feel free, I'll take it on the chin.

Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award


'Second, to be a great lawyer you really need to have absolutely no intelligence, moral compass or social conscience. The only thing that matters is how strong an argument you can make'

Almost right there FozzyBear, you need intelligence to be a lawyer. There are exams to pass and there is a lot of competition.

Intelligence - Yes

Moral Compass - No

Social Conscience - No

Making a strong argument (story telling) - Yes

Having had the misfortune to be in the dock and on the Jury I can't emphasise the STORY TELLING (sorry for going all bombastic bob there on y'all) enough.

That's how they make their money, they create narratives.

I've also had the misfortune to have to speak in coroner's court which although upsetting was a non-adversarial setting which to me seemed much better designed to getting at the truth.

Adversarial courts are about the best storytellers/liars/lawyers, not the truth IMHO.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code


Re: A challenge for The Register


I don't see those share buttons thanks to uBlock Origin but this also has the detrimental effect of denying El Reg ad revenue.

I'd happily pay to read if you'd let me El Reg.

You could leave an ad supported non subscribed option to keep the scummy ad revenue.

One Project to rule them all: Microsoft plots end to Project Online while nervous Server looks on


our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

By forcing change on you, moving things you understand and are used to to distant corners of the universe and removing features you like and find useful.

I guess that in some way is achieving more by making people work harder for no good reason.

OK, full disclosure, I've never used Project Online or Project Server, but I felt like sticking the boot in :-)

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market


"register their interest"

I wish there was a way to register my disinterest, other than not buying any of this crap of course.

Sometimes I'm glad I'm old. Not always, there were some advantages to having a properly functioning body.

I know da yoof (proper Dad speak as I understand it) are entitled to enjoy and make use of things my generation don't 'get' (I did when I were a lad, sorry dad), but all this IoT stuff is mostly bunkum and insecure to boot.

Maybe one day it will be okay, but given the mission creep by companies wanting ever more detail about my life I doubt it.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


I must admit I was getting a tad weary of the 'Cupertino idiot-tax' line a while back.

But given recent product releases and associated pricing I say:

Keep it the f*uck up, Kieren.

The phrase seems more relevant now than ever.

And judge Lucy Koh seems to be handling a lot of major cases quite sensibly from what I read on El Reg.

When is a patch not a patch? When it's for this McAfee password bug


From the linked blog...

'Until recently, True Key was bundled with Adobe Flash and required users to opt-out during installation.'

A plague o' both your houses!

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow


Re: "Working to track down the culprit"

And there was me thinking It was Jeremy Corbyn or one of his predecessors or cronies.


Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack


Minimising the problem?

'There are approximately 1.7 million Air Canada mobile App user profiles, and our investigation has determined that approximately one per cent or 20,000 profiles may potentially have been improperly accessed. We are contacting potentially affected customers directly.'

If I was one of the ~1% I don't think I'd take comfort in that statement given the details leaked.

I'm not one of the ~1% and I'm still angry about it,

OK, I'm always angry, but there was a bit of an upward blip in my anger reading that shit that tries to make out it isn't really much of a problem. It really could be for someone.

Campaigners call for immigration exemption in UK's Data Protection Act to be scrapped


Re: What will actually happen ...

Whilst your rebuttal of ACs comment may be technically correct - the best kind of correct (TM Number 1.0 (Futurama)) Dr. S. I still like the sentiment behind ACs comment.

Can I upvote two seemingly contradicting posts?

Turns out I can :-)

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug


Re: And as always

Fair cop, I didn't process the article fully before spouting off in the comments section.

Downvotes gracefully accepted.


And as always

Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.

Not that I've ever used Superdrug, but now I know this I will never give them my custom.

I don't care if it was a third party that leaked, the data was entrusted to them.

I hope GDPR can have some impact on their business.

Now that's a fortune cookie! Facebook splats $5k command-injection bug in one of its servers


'Say what you will about Facebook'

Since you asked, I will.

Let's not use it.



OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks



Sorry to tell you this ATC.

But it will never be over. Never I tell you!

As long as we have the pincers of evil (marketing and lawyers) we are all doomed to suffer this game being played out again and again.

The reason I'm sorry to tell you this?

You have just agreed to sleep until the heat death of the universe, just think of the life you could have led were you awake.

Oh, hang on, can I join you in blissful, ignorant slumber? No touching I promise, but at least I'll not have to listen to Brexiteers telling me how good things are going to be once the UK has fucked itself.

The last bit is personal opnion and I'm willing to admit I might be wrong. The other stuff, I think I've got that right.

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies


Re: This just underscores that patents are crap

I sort of agree, but US patent law is the major problem, not patent law in general.

London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners


Not stored?

'the fingerprints are not stored and are automatically deleted from scanners once they have been checked against the databases and the officer has logged off the device'

If they are not stored why would they need to be deleted once the officer has logged off the device?

Shirley if they are not stored no deletion would be needed. I call bullshit.

As they clearly are being stored on the device there is no mention of what happens to that data *before* the officer logs off. Download to a server, then delete from device once logged off?

I just don't trust them.

Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out


Re: Shivaun Albright

Why would her nationality or parentage matter to you? Or to anyone else on an internet chat for that matter.

I can understand a medical professional wanting to know, if there was a serious illness involved that would necessitate paging Dr. House, but otherwise I'm bemused by your statement.

Just curious as to why you think it is relevant, please let us all know.


Not a printer I know...

"HP is committed to engineering the most secure printers in the world."

But I once had a HP scanner, something along the lines of a HP Scanjet 4370 Photo Scanner.

I can't remember the exact model number but a google search for that model looks similar to the one I had.

I bought it when XP was near end of life and as an early adopter of Win 7 I found the drivers (or any of their 'feature' software no longer worked under the new operating system.

It is a long time ago I know, but their website clearly stated there would be no updates and Win 7 was not supported for the rather expensive scanner I had recently bought.

I worked around it by using the TWAIN interface in IrfanView, which I have donated to.

I'm still an IrfanView user, I am no longer a HP user/purchaser.



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